Holograph Tapes is a collection of ambient works recorded in various periods of inspiration before, during, and after the creation of Flashbulb Memory. The sound of the album and its instrumental nature reflects aspects of my musical influences that are older than Orchid Mantis, from before I recorded vocals and wrote pop songs. Regardless, Holograph Tapes also reflects my desire to explore the limits of that project's core elements - repurposed samples, tape manipulation, lo-fi production, etc. - outside the structure and expectations of vocal-oriented pop music (however experimental).
Mostly, these songs just express what draws me to sound in the first place, the evocation. The sonic attributes of a musical idea suggest a space and a feeling to pursue in a mystical manner, imparting intuitive guidance towards the formation of art capable of powerful expression. For me, ambient music provides the purest conduit for that process of incantation as I feel it disregards most musical conventions and restrictions in a way few other genres do.
The results of these efforts draw from surrounding places among other things: backyard woods, ruins, abandoned schools, eerie empty towns. Near-death experiences and levitation. Sleep paralysis and folklore. As is in our memories, some of these songs are dreams, some are reality - always rooted in the otherworldly as found in either.
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